“OK, everyone. Let’s try it again from the top,” writes Mark Stryker in Thursday’s (10/6) Detroit Free Press. “The Detroit Symphony Orchestra opens its 2011-12 classical season this weekend. And while the fall always sparks feelings of renewal, the start of the DSO’s first full season since settling its cataclysmic six-month musicians strike last spring suggests a complete reboot—for musicians, management, board members, music director Leonard Slatkin and audience members. … Even this weekend’s program echoes last year’s false start, pairing two major works canceled by the strike: Hector Berlioz’s beloved ‘Symphonie fantastique’ and Michel Camilo’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the composer as soloist. … For Slatkin, who will be starting his fourth season in Detroit, the strike was only the most recent in a series of roadblocks that have prevented his partnership from reaching its full potential. … The DSO is introducing a raft of new initiatives designed to broaden the orchestra’s reach and cultivate new audiences.”

Posted October 6, 2011